Getting lost: Why older people might lose their way

Researchers at the German Center for Neurodegenerative Disease (DZNE) have found a possible explanation for the difficulty in spatial orientation experienced sometimes by elderly people. In the brains of older adults, they detected an unstable activity in an area that is central for spatial navigation. The results are reported in the journal “Current Biology.” In […]

Population of Americans with Alzheimer’s will more than double by 2060

47 million Americans already demonstrate some evidence of susceptibility to the disease. About 15 million Americans will have either Alzheimer’s dementia or mild cognitive impairment by 2060, up from approximately 6.08 million this year, according to a new study by researchers at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health. The findings highlight the need to […]

People with dementia fail to get specialist care despite great need

People suffering in the late stages of dementia receive most of their healthcare from GPs or emergency services rather than from specialist health care professionals, despite them having complex needs, researchers at UCL have found. While those with advanced dementia often suffered chronic pain and psychiatric symptoms that persisted over many months, they had little […]

Study: Low Serotonin Levels Linked to Dementia

Source: Johns Hopkins Medicine Summary: In a study looking at brain scans of people with mild loss of thought and memory ability, researchers report evidence of lower levels of the serotonin transporter — a natural brain chemical that regulates mood, sleep and appetite. A brain showing decreases of serotonin transporters (blue) in the whole mild […]